As a central part of London Heathrow Airport’s flagship Eastern Campus Development Programme, Terminal 2 was shut down in November 2009 and subsequently demolished a year later
In its place, a new state-of-the-art Terminal 2 with an initial capacity of 20m passengers per year and a satellite (Terminal 2B) are currently being constructed. The first phase of the facility is scheduled for completion towards the end of 2013, with a full opening to passenger operations expected in early 2014.
One of the novel aspects of the development is that after passengers’ bags have been checked in, they will be conveyed to the existing baggage handling system in Terminal 1, which will provide all screening, sortation, storage and transfer processes. The high-level controls of this system will be upgraded to enable it to cope with the increased demand and both systems will be integrated into a single IT environment, creating a single, fully integrated end-to-end baggage facility.
The contract for this IT integration project has been awarded to BEUMER Group UK by Mace Ltd and includes a replacement core Sort Allocation Computer (SAC) to upgrade the existing SAC systems for Terminals 1, 2 and 4.
In addition, a System Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system will be installed in Terminal 2. This system will support changes in terminal design that result from future baggage handling projects and provide a graphical overview of the entire baggage handling system, including an operational visualisation with a colour-coded status for each process.
The sorters currently in use in Terminal 1 were originally supplied by Crisplant, which is to provide high-level sorter controls from this equipment, to keep track of the baggage on the sorters and within the associated early baggage storage lines. It will also manage data from baggage tags, screening results and sort positions. It is crucial that this element of the software will ensure that the Crisplant sorters, which are currently installed in the Terminal 1 main East and West baggage halls and transfer areas, are compatible with the latest versions of the Crisplant sorter controls.
Extensive integrated testing using emulation will be an essential part of the BEUMER and Crisplant design and installation process, as Peter Gilks, Director Airports Division, BEUMER Group UK, explains: “This proven methodology will ensure that the live airport operation is protected during the installation and commissioning phases. Our commitment is that this crucial business-critical system will operate efficiently from the point of hand-over on 30th August 2013.”